Bed of Roses (1933 film)

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Bed of Roses
Bed of Roses Poster.jpg
original film poster
Directed by Gregory LaCava
Charles Kerr (assistant)
Starring Constance Bennett
Joel McCrea
Pert Kelton
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • July 14, 1933 (1933-07-14)
Running time
67 min.
Country United States
Language English

Bed of Roses (1933) is a Pre-Code comedy film directed by Gregory La Cava and starring Constance Bennett.[1] The picture was released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Plot and production background[edit]

Lorry (Constance Bennett) and Minnie (Pert Kelton, the original "Alice" in Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners and Mrs. Paroo in the The Music Man) portray a pair of rollickingly wanton prostitutes who occasionally get hapless male admirers drunk before robbing them. After being released from a Louisiana jail they head downriver on a steamboat. Lorry steals $60, and when she is cornered, she jumps ship. She is rescued by cotton barge skipper Dan (Joel McCrea), but she robs him, too. In New Orleans, she tricks publishing magnate Stephen into getting drunk and blackmails him into lavishly providing for her. She returns to the cotton barge and repays Dan his "loan" and they fall in love. Stephen threatens to expose her past, causing her to leave him but not to return to Dan, whom she had agreed to marry. When Stephen cannot persuade her to return to him, he realizes that she really does love Dan, and he effectuates their reunion with the help of the now married, Minnie.

The bawdy film is laced with witty dialogue, some of which was scripted by La Cava, as well as scenes that would never be allowed after the adoption of the Production Code in July 1934.



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